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Florida man sought in Ohio bank heist

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An arrest warrant was issued for a Florida man accused of robbing an Oakwood, Ohio, bank on Wednesday.

David Abram Ziesel, 40, of West Palm Beach, Florida, is on federal probation in West Palm Beach for an armed bank robbery, the Paulding County Sheriff's Department said.

The warrant issued Wednesday accuses Ziesel of aggravated robbery. Ziesel was last seen leaving the State Bank in Oakwood about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.

He was driving an early-2000s model Chevy Cargo Van, possibly with Indiana registration VTH394, according to the warrant.

That license plate came back to a different vehicle and is expired but returns to Ziesel, the sheriff's department said.

There were no customers inside the bank, police said, and the two tellers inside were not injured. The robber didn't display a weapon.

Ziesel was seen earlier in the morning wearing dark baggy sweat pants, a long-sleeve blue Chicago Bears T-shirt and dark tennis shoes, authorities said.

“Ziesel will be considered armed and dangerous until he is apprehended, even though he didn't brandish a weapon. I credit the cooperation of several agencies acting quickly and communicating timely to leading to this point in the investigation,” Sheriff Jason K. Landers said in a statement.

“My investigators will continue working with agencies across the state and country to track this guy down. The Fulton County Sheriff's Office in Ohio has been instrumental in our investigation.

“Their agency interacted with Ziesel, and I couldn't thank them enough for their assistance in our case.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's department at 419-399-3791; go to the Facebook page of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office; or go to and leave an email for the sheriff.

Anonymous tips may be left on the website by scrolling to the bottom of any page and clicking “send us an anonymous tip.”

Info sought about battery at store

Police are asking for help to identify a man they say was involved in a battery at a south-side Walmart in June.

The alleged crime happened about 6 p.m. June 14 at the Southtown Crossing Walmart store, a Fort Wayne Police Department spokeswoman said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.

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